Kia Optima Hybrid Slam Dunk

Kia has really got carried away with its sport themed cars with this one. It is actually a basketball!

Taking the Kia-Blake Griffin partnership – Blake Griffin is an official spokesperson for the Kia brand with several new TV spots set to air in the U.S. over the next few months – to the next level, West Coast Customs (WCC) has created a basketball-themed Optima Hybrid that adds some hardwood flair to Kia’s first-ever hybrid in America.

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The inspiration behind the WCC Optima Hybrid is immediately apparent with its basketball-like custom orange paint scheme, which is accentuated by 20-inch matt black wheels and Griffin’s personal logo on the bonnet.

Inside, hoop fans will find basketball-court flooring in the front and rear seating areas, custom leather seats with Griffin’s autograph embroidered in the front headrests, leather and suede door panel inserts and headliner, and a booming audio system with custom enclosures built into the rear deck lid. Two flat-screen TVs mounted in the back of the front headrests connect to a Microsoft X-Box video game console and a “Pop-A-Shot” basketball hoop is mounted in the trunk for hours of off-the-court entertainment.

Again, pointless, but cool.

Kia Forte 5-Door Hat Trick

This Forte Hatchback is possibly one of the ugliest car at the 2011 SEMA show! What with those blue wheels?!

Antenna Hat Trick Forte 5-door is inspired by hockey, and has a custom hockey stick holder that stretches from the trunk through the center of the vehicle into the cabin.

Car-like features in this Kia include grey exterior paint, 19-inch blue alloy wheels, a custom body kit and Forte Koup front bumper with carbon fibre accents and LED “hockey stick” fog lights, a quad-tipped exhaust, carbon fibre roof material and a lowered suspension.

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The headlining features a built-in hockey coach’s play board and the locker room-like rear cargo area features built-in compartments that house four carbon fibre hockey sticks and two jerseys color matched to the exterior of the car, an ice skate rack and glove hooks to dry out sweaty game-used equipment, and custom accent lighting.

It’s hard to see this sport-themed cars Kia has made this year, but they are good for show.

Kia Rio 5-Door Retro Surf

Built in cooperation with Antenna Magazine, this Kia is outfitted with everything the modern-day surfer needs for a perfect day and night at the beach, including an authentic Grain wood surfboard mounted on the roof.

The Rio has been lowered with a modified suspension set-up for sportier handling, and the aggressive exterior stance is accentuated by eye-grabbing 17-inch three-piece gold wheels, a stunning sunset-metallic golden-brown paint scheme, a custom body kit with a front splitter made of wood to match the surfboard on the roof and a redesigned rear fascia with centre-exit dual exhaust.

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The rest of the features are less car-like!

The front and rear seats and door panels of the Rio are upholstered in brown and beige plaid board shorts fabric, and the wood grain center console brings the classic surfboard theme inside.  For even more fun in the sun, the rear center console has been modified as a shelf to hold sunblock and other beach and ocean accessories, and the dark brown suede headliner has a built-in towel rack.

Michelle Wie Kia Soul

This year Kia cars for SEMA were a bit different than usual. they all were sport themed models designed for no other reason than being a canvas on wheels!

Check out this Soul for example. Built by West Coast Customs, the golf-themed “Hole in One” Soul was inspired by Michelle Wie, Kia’s official golf ambassador and one of the most recognisable young athletes around the world.

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Features? Well, it gets “So Blue” exterior paint scheme and five-spoke 20-inch wheels incorporate her original artwork. Wie’s artwork and personal logo also are integrated into the Soul’s “Snow White” leather headrests, while a baby blue painted dash and pink headliner and seating accents complete the whimsical interior look.

Driver and passengers will be instantly transported to the golf course by the artificial grass flooring throughout the Soul, and opening the rear hatch reveals a virtual driving range with a 26-inch LED TV monitor mounted into the rear hatch and a Microsoft X-Box 360 video game console and Microsoft  Kinect system to play golf out of the back of the vehicle.  Two of Wie’s tournament-used golf bags are mounted behind the TV and conceal eight-inch speakers and a subwoofer.

2011 SEMA: Ford Trucks

SEMA show would feel so empty without a number of heavily modded trucks and SUVs!

So Ford has come upw ith a number of their besst vehicles, all built up by the best names in the business. Three Ford Explorer SUVs and four F-Series trucks will be on display, showing off the extreme versatility of their respective lineups.

The all-new Ford Explorer lends itself to a lot of customization trends because there are so many directions you can go in. Whether it’s amping up the style, performance or capability, they all work seamlessly with Explorer.

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Project vehicles to be showcased at this year’s SEMA show include:

2011 Ford Explorer by Stitchcraft Interiors
This “Business Edition” Explorer makes the most of craftsmanship and details with a Stitchcraft Interiors custom interior with Alcantara® leather seating, interior accents and door panels and Orion Car Audio amps, speakers and wiring. Stitchcraft Interiors study trays are matched to the interior and accents. The exterior offers a Seaside Collision two-tone paint scheme with charcoal and orange side graphics.

2011 Ford Explorer by DSO Eyewear
Inspired by current fashion trends, this Explorer embraces an active sports urban lifestyle with a lowered stance complemented by deep lip Niche 24-inch three-piece wheels. BASF Pearl Tri-Coat White paint with black chrome detailing offers a contemporary look on the exterior, while a plush interior showcases Katzkin Midnight Tuscany leather with perforated Raven Suede accents. The lighting is high-tech, with Advanced Automotive Concepts custom LED headlamps

2011 Ford Explorer by Tjin Edition
This Explorer was designed to stand out from the crowd and with a custom DuPont paint job by L & R Autobody, 24-inch iForged Concave Insite wheels, Falken tires and LightWurkz LED headlights, it lives up to the promise. A Baer big brake kit and Eibach suspension upgrade the chassis, while custom black leather with orange diamond stitching and a Realm audio system round out the interior enhancements.

2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty by Superlift Suspensions
Matchbox® has teamed up with Superlift Suspensions to transform a Super Duty into the Matchbox Superlift Brush Truck. Superlift stays true to its off-road roots by using a 10-inch lift system on 41-inch Interco IROK tires. Shown in a PPG Vibrance “Oh, So Orange” basecoat with a contrasting satin black powder-coated accent, the two-tone paint job is sure to grab attention. It proves it’s up to the job of fighting fires with code-three emergency lights and sirens, along with a firefighting utility bed and equipment. SEMA visitors can receive a miniature die-cast version of the truck by visiting the Ford show stand.

2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost by Skyjacker Suspensions
The “Project No Compromise” is geared toward drivers who want to go green without sacrificing performance. A Skyjacker Suspensions four-inch lift and monotube shocks help boost chassis performance, while a MagnaFlow cat-back dual exhaust system upgrades the powertrain. A Steelcraft stainless steel grille guard, Rigid Industries e-series 30-inch LED light bar and Bushwacker two-inch pocket-style fender flares distinguish this truck.

2011 Ford F-150 by CGS Performance Products
This “Tarmac” F-150 offers unique and sleek styling with a custom aluminum hood, DuPont Jet Black paint and Boyd Red finish by Andy Meeh, Paramount Restyling grille and Colorado Custom billet wheels. The interior offers red leather from Pecca Leather, VizuaLogic headrest monitors and Seat Belt Planet red seat belts. Powertrain and chassis also get a boost from a CGS Performance cat-back exhaust and cold-air intake, Whipple twin-screw supercharger, Bell Tech front coilover suspension and six-piston Baer brakes with 15-inch rotors.

2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty by Hulst Customs
The “Black Mamba” Super Duty shows off the ultimate in luxury and style with Hulst Customs-designed hood and grille with stainless steel mesh insert, Hulst Customs side rockers and lower front fascia with LED lighting by Radiantz. It also features suicide rear doors with Scissor Doors billet hinge kit. Planet Color custom black paint along with 3M Di-Noc™ stainless graphics differentiates the exterior. The interior features Katzkin leather and Hulst Customs aluminum trim accents.

2011 SEMA: Ford Fiesta

The little Ford Fiesta too will be playng a big role at 2011 SEMA show. Well, not as big as the Focus, but still, the car has a huge customer base and they would like to customize and tune it at some point.

Ford will be presenting three Fiesta models at this year’s show, all of which designed not for the best practicality and sportiness, but to emphasize on the Fiesta’s potential for custom jobs.

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2011 Ford Fiesta by M2-Motoring
The M2-Motoring Fiesta combines form and function by adding an Injen Technologies cold-air intake system and DC Sports cat-back exhaust. The chassis is upgraded with a Wilwood big brake kit and Megan Racing coilovers. Exterior enhancements include a candy purple finish by Status Motorsports, 3dCarbon body kit and upper roof spoiler. Interior treatments offer an upgraded Jensen Mobile Audio Power sound system and Audiovox flip-down touch-screen monitors.

2011 Ford Fiesta by Gold Coast Automotive
This Fiesta SE hatch is built for performance with a Jackson Racing Rotrex intercooled supercharger, Wilwood four-piston front, two-piston rear brake system and Hankook Ventus racing tires. Appearance offerings include APR Performance rear wing and custom front splitter, 3dCarbon body kit, Socal SignWorx graphic wrap and Gold Coast Automotive fender flare kit.

2011 Ford Fiesta by Aaron Vaccar Signature Series
With plenty of personalized details, this Fiesta offers a Weapon-R Secret Weapon air intake, Wilwood Dynapro six-piston big brake kit and Advanti Racing V3 Vago 17-inch wheels. The exterior features BASF custom bright silver matte metallic paint, while the interior delivers plenty of upgrades including Portage Trim red leather upholstery, Bride Vios III racing bucket seats and MB Quart Onyx Series speaker and amplifiers.

More details after the SEMA show.

 

2011 SEMA: Ford Focus

Ford Focus is a car that’s always been popular in the tuning world and has many many packages by both professional and startup tuners.

This year at SEMA, besides all the other packages, Ford decided to unleash a fleet of custom Focus models which they have directly or indirectly designed and built. The range includes some very interesting prospects which we have to wait and see at SEMA.

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Project vehicles to be showcased at this year’s SEMA show include:

2012 Ford Focus by 3dCarbon
A standout style statement from 3dCarbon delivers a Focus that uses 3M satin wrap, smoked windows and race red accents to bring the car’s more edgy side to life. 3dCarbon’s body kit and Sticky Fingers racing stripes round out the exterior upgrades. On the functional side, a 3dCarbon upper roof spoiler, Eibach springs and Pirelli tires offer an aerodynamic and handling boost.

2012 Ford Focus by ROUSH Performance Products
This Stage 3 Focus by ROUSH Performance Products offers several powertrain upgrades including a ROUSH R900 TVS supercharger, ROUSH modified high-flow induction system and ROUSH dual-exit high- performance exhaust. Plenty of body additions differentiate this Focus, with ROUSH front fascia grille inserts, chin splitter and custom graphics. Sherwin-Williams custom matte paint and Ford Genuine Accessories roof spoiler also help it stand apart from the crowd.

2012 Ford Focus by The ID Agency
Inspired by European and Japanese tuning styles, this Focus by The ID Agency shows off attention to detail with a Wraptivo roof, Recaro Sportster seats and Top Stitch interior. Performance upgrades go along with the styling; these include a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust and Brembo big brake kit. It even offers a Ford Licensed Accessory Thule bike rack with Custom Leader bike.

2012 Ford Focus by Capaldi Racing
Capaldi Racing has taken its racing background and applied it to this new 2012 Ford Focus. Powertrain and chassis upgrades include a Borla cat-back dual-outlet exhaust, Ford Racing Performance Parts Torsen differential, Green Filter custom intake, AST Sport-Line suspension and Ford Racing Performance Parts-tuned sway bars. Exterior touches include Visteon European Focus headlamps with HID and LED technology and Capaldi Racing front splitter and dual-outlet insert.

2012 Ford Focus by Steeda
The Steeda Focus offers both street and track performance with key enhancements including Steeda cold-air intake with Cool Tube technology, Steeda rear swaybar and Steeda lowering springs. With underhood billet aluminum-appearance items, G-Track front end brace and 3dCarbon body kit, the car delivers on appearance as well. HRE P43S Monoblok 19-inch wheels and Nitto NT05 performance tires round out the additions.

2012 Ford Focus by Bojix Design
The Focus Stage 2 assembled by Bojix Design adds European flair with aggressive styling complete with Bojix body kit, 3dCarbon upper roof spoiler and Rennen M10 20-inch wheels. Interior upgrades come in the form of Katzkin leather seating surfaces and door panels, Accele rearview mirror with constant panoramic view and Alcantara®-covered surfaces. The chassis offers civil street manners with an AP Racing big brake kit, Bojix rear cross-drilled rotors and H&R Sport Springs lowering kit.

2012 Ford Focus by COBB Tuning
This Motorsports Challenger Focus was built for competition. It shows with Cosworth COBB Tuning forged pistons, COBB Tuning custom turbo kit and COBB front-mounted intercooler, intake, airbox and exhaust manifold. The chassis is upgraded with a StopTech Trophy big brake kit, Eibach Multi-Pro R2 coilover suspension and COBB Tuning suspension bushings.

2011 SEMA: Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec

Chevrolet has paid a special attention to its smaller cars at the year’s SEMA, and has come up with a number of finely tuned Sonics and Cruzes.

Two of the them best are these Z-Spec Sonics here. Most of the show cars wear conceptual Z-Spec styling enhancements, which are being evaluated for production. Z-Spec is a line of performance, styling, and personalization accessories available at Chevy dealerships.

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Sonic Z-Spec #1 – Designers took a turbocharged Sonic five-door and dressed it with concept Z-Spec accessories. They added Z-Spec ground effects, a spoiler, unique grille and graphics package – then finished it off with a Torch Red exterior and Z-Spec concept 18-inch wheels. Inside, the Cobalt Red cabin features custom trim, including perforated black suede seat inserts, a Z-Spec sport pedal kit, sport shift knob and a racing-style flat-bottom steering wheel. Additional upgrades include performance brakes with four-piston calipers, a new high-flow exhaust system and performance suspension parts.

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Sonic Z-Spec #2 – The next Sonic concept – in Flat White with Torch Red accents – builds on concept Z-Spec accessories with a more aggressive ground effects package, unique grille, rear spoiler and graphics package. It rides on Z-Spec concept 18-inch wheels and also includes a re-trimmed interior with Z-Spec sport pedal kit, Z-Spec sport shift knob and a flat-bottom steering wheel. It also features custom racing seats with the Z-Spec logo. The factory powertrain features the 1.4L turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission. Performance upgrades include brakes with four-piston calipers, a high-flow exhaust system and suspension parts.

2011 SEMA: Fiat 500 Titanium

Chrysler as you know represent Fiat in the U.S. so in their large booth at SEMA there will be a number of modded Fiat 500s, which has just gone on sale in America.

The visual treatment includes an aggressively sculpted front fascia is more pronounced and features large honeycomb grilles for maximum engine cooling. A satin black fascia insert with integrated LED fog lamps delivers a technical look. Above, circular projector headlamps are finished in gloss black to match the Fiat 500 Titanium’s exterior paint.

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From the side, 16 –inch-by- 6.5-inch Matte Titanium wheels feature a two-piece design. Custom Mopar lowering springs provide a lowered ride height and Matte Titanium front-and rear-brake calipers with larger rotors deliver improved stopping performance. Aggressively styled side skirts provide a more vertical profile and highlight the iconic curves of this performance Cinquecento

Inside, the Fiat 500 Titanium continues the athletic look with a black environment highlighted by Titanium Metallic accents. High-performance front seats are designed to be lightweight, and feature massive side bolsters and a racing-harness pass through for at-the-limit driving. Both front and rear seats are wrapped in smooth black leather and accented with Titanium Metallic vinyl seat centers. For added detail, all four seating positions feature a black leather center stripe with Metallic Gray accent stitching for a precise look. Titanium Metallic vinyl door bolsters feature accent stitching and pair with the Matte Titanium instrument panel and gauge cluster brow. Black floor mats with Titanium Metallic “500″ logo and edge binding complete the look.

2011 SEMA: Dodge Durango Tow Hook

As one of the most customizable cars of Chrysler group, Dodge Durango will be getting a special treat at this year’s SEMA.

Dodge Durango Tow Hook image vehicle designed by Mopar Underground. The Tow Hook infuses a healthy dose of eye-catching style to the already-sporty Durango design. The vibrant four-coat orange and satin-black color scheme is executed both inside and out.

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The exterior features a muscle-car inspired four-coat orange paint scheme, with satin-black roof, fascia accents and hood graphics, along with blacked-out lighting and twin-spoke 22-inch-by- 9.5-inch forged Superalloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. A custom mandrel bent exhaust system featuring Corsa components increases performance and belts out an unforgettable tone. To finish off the exterior, the Dodge Durango Tow Hook wears a piano black split-crosshair grille and has a 25 mm reduced ride-height for a more aggressive stance.

Tow Hook’s interior features carry over the theme from the exterior and uses high-quality Mopar components, such as Durango logo door sill guards, aluminum pedal kit and premium carpeted floor mats to add a strong sense of sport to the cabin. The black, perforated Mopar Katzkin leather seats feature orange leather trim on the tops of the seat bolsters and are decorated with orange stitching and piping. Perforated Barracuda suede covers the seat inserts, while smooth suede bolsters with orange accent stitching and piping make the seats pop. Orange leather trim, stitching and piping is found on the center front armrest as well.